MAVEN LAUNCH FLAWLESS FROM CAPE CANAVERAL

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MAVEN will take critical measurements of Mars

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The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) launched flawlessly today at 1:28 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MAVEN will take critical measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet’s history. (NASA video image)

ABOVE LIVE STREAM: Watch live streaming video of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) launch at 1:28 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) launched flawlessly today at 1:28 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MAVEN will take critical measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet’s history.

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has begun its journey to Mars following its launch atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) occurred at 1:28, at the start of what was a two-hour window.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft is the second and final mission in NASA’s Mars Scout program.

It will be placed into orbit around Mars, from where it is expected to study the planet’s atmosphere.

Watch the Launch in Person

VIEW THE LAUNCH IN PERSON

All expendable vehicles launched in Central Florida begin their journeys on the launch pads of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located next door to Kennedy Space Center. Launch Transportation Tickets are available for some, but not all of these launches.

Call the KSC Visitor Complex at (321) 449-4444 for information on purchasing tickets.

For additional information about visiting Kennedy Space Center to see the launch, please view their website.

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Primary Launch Viewing Locations from North to South

  • Marina Park 501 — Marina Road Titusville Restrooms parking
  • Sand Point Park: 101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville — Restrooms, parking
  • Space View Park: 8 Broad Street, Titusville — Parking nearby
  • Manzo Park: 3335 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville — Restrooms, parking
  • Rotary Riverfront Park: 4141 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville — Restrooms, parking
  • Kennedy Point Park: 4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville — Restrooms, parking
  • Westbound SR 528 Causeway over the Banana River Park well off the right-of-way near the water
  • Jetty Park: East end of Port Canaveral off George King Blvd. — Restrooms, parking
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach — Restrooms, parking
  • Alan Shepard Park: East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach — Restrooms, parking
  • Fischer Park: East side of SR A1A 1/2 mile south of SR 520 — Restrooms, parking
  • Lori Wilson Park: 1500 N. Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach — Restrooms, parking

On launch day, “mission audio,” the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT). Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

NOTE: Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling 1-800-470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16.


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